Rural Missouri - September 2013 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features 8 Departments 4 5 Scorching the border 8 16 Outdoors Blasts from the past Union authorities lay waste to western Missouri 14 19 Out of the Way Eats LaBinnah Bistro All aboard 24 Hearth and Home Those ‘a-peeling’ apples Visitors come from all over to experience the Rothwell Park Railroad mini trains 16 30 Around Missouri Missouri happenings Blasts from the past 16 New Springfield museum features four centuries of firearms 20 34 Marketplace Classified ads 36 Neighbors Battling adversity Mowing down the competition Lawn mower racers in southeast Missouri find a new home in Patton 28 Columns Hart to heart Merchant miniatures South Missouri couple breeds little horses with big hearts 12 Comments National and statewide news 38 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy A place for Pershing New museum will give visitors more to see at Missouri general’s birthplace 20 About our cover I f you’re in need of a scenic outdoor getaway, look no further than Weston Bend State Park in Platte County. With its array of trails that offer scenic overlooks of the Missouri River and the busy railroad that runs through the park, it’s no wonder this spot is Kansas City’s playground. The park is truly unique, with both paved and dirt trails that will fill the needs of hikers, bikers and those looking for a casual walk through the woods. There also is a scenic overlook that is accessible to those with disabilities. It’s a perfect place to watch the sun set over the Missouri River and Kansas forests on the other side. The 3.25-mile Weston Bluffs Trail connects the park to historic downtown Weston and gives campers the chance to hike into town to enjoy the restaurants and shops of the historic tobacco town on foot or by bike. If you really want to get away, try out the Bear Creek Trail. Cover and photo at left by Kile Brewer As seen on our cover, the trail is the perfect sunset hike offering a panoramic view of the bend in the Missouri River for which the park is named. After a journey across the railroad and a walk through second-growth Missouri bottomland, you arrive at the confluence of Bear Creek and the river. With remnants of an old shipping dock and plenty of sandbar to roll out a blanket, this area is sure to impress. Inside the park, you’ll find five tobacco barns, one of which is seen at left, that serve as a reminder of the industry’s historic significance to the area. Located just south of Weston, the park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset year-round, with gates closing at 10 p.m. during the summer and 7 p.m. during the winter. Camping options include both basic campsites and sites with electric hookups. For more information, call 816-640-5443 or visit www. To order prints of the cover, see page 31. SEPTEMBER 2013 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - September 2013

Rural Missouri - September 2013
Merchant miniatures
Scorching the border
All aboard
Blasts from the past
Out of the Way Eats
Mowing down the competition
Hearth and Home
A place for Pershing
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - September 2013